2015 Motocross Of Nations | Qualifying Report

The entire facility here in Ernée is filled with fans and they are definitely here for a good time.

That’a a wrap for Saturday and MXoN qualifying is complete. It is unbelievable how many fans are on hand, and even more unbelievable the amount of noise they produce to cheer their favorites on. France fans are out in force, and if you look at the hillside it is apparent who feels right at home! Flags from all over the world color in the hillsides, it’s truly a sight to see. The qualifying races are extra important here this year, because as we said earlier in our morning report this is a fairly narrow track. All three classes saw favorites running up or near the front, and some good battles have taken place so far. France pretty much reigned supreme today, and they will be a very tough team to beat as they layed a 1-1-1 smackdown on the rest of the world.

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MXGP Qualifying Moto

Ben Townley led a very fast pack of riders at the start of the first qualifying moto, and the veteran from New Zealand showed his speed through the opening laps of the twenty-minute sprint. Gautier Paulin started the moto near the front of the field and as the minutes clicked away, the French rider moved further up the running order. Midway through the moto, Townley and Paulin faced off for control of the moto, until a poor line decision by Townley while navigating through lapped riders allowed Paulin to pull into the lead. From there, the defending champion went unchallenged to the checkered flag and claimed the win by eleven seconds.

Shaun Simpson, Ken de Dycker and Justin Barcia battled for the final spots in the top-five during last moments of the twenty-minute moto, but like with Townley, lapped riders played a small part in the finish order. As the trio landed from a tabletop, a lapped rider swerved into Simpson's line and took the British rider down. American Barcia was able to avoid the carnage to slip up to third, while Belgian de Dycker slipped to fifth after a late pass by German Max Nagl. Simpson would eventually remount his damaged motorcycle and cross the line in eleventh place.

  1. Gautier Paulin
  2. Ben Townley
  3. Justin Barcia
  4. Max Nagl
  5. Den de Dycker
  6. Evgeny Bobryshev
  7. Jose Butron
  8. Filip Bengtsson
  9. Todd Waters
  10. Priit Ratsep
  11. Shaun Simpson
  12. Valentin Guillod
  13. Rui Goncalves
  14. Nikolaj Larsen
  15. Martin Barr
  16. Lukas Neurauter
  17. Davis Ivnovs
  18. Carlson Badiali
  19. Ivo Monticelli
  20. Klemen Gercar
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MX2 Qualifying Moto

After spending an entire summer locked in a battle for a 250 class championship, France's Marvin Musquin and America's Jeremy Martin squared off again for the MX2 qualifying moto. The two stayed close through the early laps of the moto, with Musquin holding a slight advantage over Martin on the tricky French course. With each lap, Musquin inched a bit further ahead, putting four seconds between himself and rival Martin at the checkered flag. With this second French moto win, the hosting nation and defending champions secured first gate picks for all three of Sunday's motos.

Great Britain's Max Anstie experienced a scary moment on the hills Ernee as another rider landed him on over one of the many downhill leaps. He was tended to by medics after the incident and reportedly suffered a series of arm injuries. This and Simpson's earlier issues all but killed England's chances at this year's event.

  1. Marvin Musquin
  2. Jeremy Martin
  3. Jeremy Seewer
  4. Pascal Rauchernecker
  5. Julien Lieber
  6. Jorge Zaragoza
  7. Harri Kullas
  8. Nick Kouwenberg
  9. Toshiki Tomita
  10. Henry Jacobi
  11. Michele Cervellin
  12. Graeme Irwin
  13. Thomas Kjer Olsen
  14. Alvin Ostlund
  15. Filip Neugebauer
  16. Sandro Peixe
  17. Hector Rodriguez
  18. Fabio Santos
  19. Magne Klingsheim
  20. Peter Irt

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Open Qualifying Moto

Coming from team USA’s unfortunate gate pick was a very amazing holeshot from the young American Cooper Webb. Both him and Jeremy Martin had picked this outermost gate, and Cooper reeled in a holeshot from it. Impressive work! The class favorite and recent world champion Romain Febvre found himself in third quickly and patiently awaited the right times to make passes. The two Yamaha pilots gave the crowd quite a show, where at times Cooper looked to have him handled, but a lap later would have the same immense pressure. A couple mistakes later, Febvre had the lead and ultimately the win. Behind those two were a couple hard fought battles for third and top five between Van Horbeek, Coldenhoff, Wilson, and Ullrich. If today is a sign of things to come, then bring on tomorrow!

  1. Romain Febvre
  2. Cooper Webb
  3. Jeremy Van Horebeek
  4. Glenn Coldenhoff
  5. Dean Wilson
  6. Dennis Ullrich
  7. Dean Ferris
  8. Cody Cooper
  9. Tanel Leok
  10. Günter Schmidinger
  11. Tim Gajser
  12. Matiss Karro
  13. Jesper Jönssen
  14. Arminas Jasikonas
  15. Samuel Bernardini
  16. Jean Carlo Ramos
  17. Stuart Edmonds
  18. Stefan Kjer Olson
  19. Lasse Christopherson
  20. Tomasz Wiszocki
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